Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation more than 25 million Americans have asthma and 10 Americans die from asthma every day. The effects vary from person to person and consist of mild to chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, frequent respiratory infections, shortness of breath, chest pressure and even anxiety.
Most people are well aware that smoke is not good for those who have asthma so smoking of any kind, personally or even second hand can be dangerous for someone with asthma. So, smoking cannabis is scoffed at and has been rejected as a solution to asthma symptoms by most.
Since medicinal and recreational cannabis is largely accepted asthmatic patients are becoming more open to the possibility that cannabis could be a healthy and helpful alternative to other more traditional asthma medication. A recent study done by the The Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ) analysed the MEDLINE and PubMed databases among others to review the known effects of medical cannabis on asthmatic patients and were pleasantly surprised that cannabis can benefit asthmatics as a bronchodilator and an anti-inflammatory.